Some of the choreography currently performed from our repertoire:
Tranceformations is MID’s signature work and explores the physical sensations, hallucinations, and transformations visualized and experienced by the ritual healers while in trance. All the images in the choreography were depicted on the San rock art. The dance shows what the shamans do, feel and see. The final transformation in our journey takes the San into the modern world. This dance pays tribute to a dispossessed people and their culture.
Choreographer: Sylvia Glasser
fight, flight, feathers, f***ers
fight, flight, feathers, f***ers is a collaboration between British-born choreographer Rachel Erdos and Moving into Dance company member Sunnyboy Mandla Motau, and explores the politics and physicality of masculinity. This work was commissioned by the Dance Umbrella and premiered at the Festival in 2015 and was rated as one of the Top 5 works presented at the festival.
Choreographers: Rachel Erdos and Sunnyboy Motau
Man Longing is an exploration into the dark and sinister world of human trafficking. Through the use of dance and poetry this choreography hopes to bring awareness to young people of the dangers that lurk out there and the consequences of being a victim of human trafficking. Many young people are forced into prostitution against their will, some are kept as modern day slaves, and others are introduced to the underworld of drug dealing and use. The city, while luring in its attraction of greener pastures, leaves many stranded and at risk of the evils that prowl the streets in the quiet stillness of night.
Choreographer: Sunnyboy Motau
Road is a beautifully poetic and poignant duet choreographed by Oscar Buthelezi – it’s the place where we want to be, and the route that guides us there. It is the journey that leads us to this destination, accentuating the experiences of life, through learning from this road travelled.
Choreography: Oscar Buthelezi
Ngizwe is a thought-provoking dance work that uses spoken words, as well as deft manipulations of the workaday set pieces, to reveal intimate stories of South Africa under Apartheid, woven from the voices of the ‘born free generation’. It is a complex work that holds the attention through images of community, power, individuality and masculinity in our globalized modern society.
Choreographers: Sonia Radebe & Jennifer Dallas
“beauty remained for just a moment then returned gently to her starting position …”
This new multi-media work was premiered in France at the prestigious Lyon Biennale on 23 September and went on a six week tour in theatres throughout France before it returned to Johannesburg to feature in MID’s season. Costumes are by internationally acclaimed South African fashion designer Marianne Fassler using plastic and waste material such as sweet wrappers and empty chip packets for the haute de couture garments worn by the MID dancers.
By Robyn Orlin
Threads is a cross-cultural and cross-generational artistic collaboration between legendary “living national treasure”, choreographer and cultural activist, Dame Sylvia ‘Magogo’ Glasser, and Lebo Mashile, one of South Africa’s celebrated young literary voices. Threads deals with gender relationships, cultural and artistic identity. This work can be thought of as a verbal dance or a physical poem. With a pallet of sound, movement and constantly transforming architectural structures a sensor kaleidoscope is formed. First performed in 2008 as part of the Moving into Dance 30th anniversary season, Threads has been now been reworked and includes a brand new poem together with new choreography and speaks to the added social issue of xenophobia.
Collaborative Creation: Sylvia Glasser with Live poetry by Lebo Mashile
Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG
Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG is Jessica Nupen’s modernised re-telling of the classical Shakespearean story set to the backdrop of a transforming street subculture in Johannesburg. This electrifying contemporary dance-theatre piece taps into the unique spirit of the city and its changing cultural landscape. Nupen’s creation in collaboration with Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Soweto-born music pioneer and ‘Prince of Township Tech’ Spoek Mathambo and Johannesburg based designer Anmari Honiball examines the complexities of a generation of young South Africans faced with the challenges of a transforming socio-political environment. The piece is a portrayal of the resilience and vibrance of a generation in search of identity. Inspired by the dancers’ individual biographies, Nupen creates an edgy and wildly infectious piece that exposes the contradictions and often humorous paradoxes in the country while expressing a unique response towards contemporary South Africa.
Choreographer: Jessica Nupen,
Choreographic Collaboration: Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi